Zest: The Health meets Food Newsletter – May 2021

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of Zest.

Zest. It says a lot about what the folks who are involved with Culinary Medicine are about. People connected with the movement have just that: a zest for life, learning, and teaching.  Zest evokes the excitement and passion that is happening at the intersection of where health meets food.

Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference 2021

June 4 – June 6, 2021  •  Virtual Event

Only three weeks left to register for Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference!  You can still take advantage of the $50.00 discount for those in academia, nurses, dietitians, and foodservice professionals.

Register here » Health meets Food Conference

The Culinary Medicine Specialist Board is pleased to announce the 7th annual Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference.

Our Keynote Speaker this year is Dr. Marion Nestle. Dr. Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she officially retired in September 2017. Her blog Food Politics explores the food, the food industry, politics and policy.

In addition to our exciting Keynote Speaker, Dr. Marion Nestle as well as Dr. Robert Lustig, we have an amazing group of speakers this year. Sunday programming will review innovative directions in how we can help our patients be healthier.

Dr. Robert Lustig joins an already amazing group of speakers this year at the conference as part of our Saturday agenda on Culture Change. Dr. Lustig is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system.

Two eminent public health colleagues will review strategies covering both Health Coaching and the Diabetes Prevention Program.

F. Abby Cabrera, MPH – Health coaching in clinical practice with both evidence from the literature and practical approaches for implementation in the clinic setting.

Kristy McCarron – A presentation detailing the effectiveness of the Diabetes Prevention Program and practical recommendations on launching programming.

We have had a great response to registration so far and want to make sure that you are reminded to take advantage of the lower price.

You can find the 2021 agenda at this link: Health meets Food Agenda

The full line up of speakers can be found at this link:  Health meets Food Speakers

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Upcoming Culinary Medicine Events

Continuing Medical Education via Zoom

The Health meets Food team began offering online hands-on cooking classes for CME credit in early May 2020. The classes have been very successful and our first round sold out, so we are adding more classes! Participants will use Zoom to gather, collaborate, cook together, and discuss case studies. Each module will follow the workflow of in-person programming and will take about 3 1/2 hours to complete.

A shopping and equipment list is available for each module to guide you in preparation. We also recommend using an iPad for the Zoom meeting and purchasing Gooseneck Tablet Holder to make participation easier.

For registration issues, questions, or for more event information, please contact Cecilia Hatfield at cecilia@culinarymedicine.org.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Saturday May 22, 2021,  12:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Introduction to Culinary Medicine: Saturday June 12, 2021, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Protein and Vegetarian Diet: Friday June 25, 2021, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Pediatrics: Sunday July 11, 2021, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT

Sodium, Potassium and Renal Homeostasis: Saturday July 24, 2021,  12:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT

Fats: Friday August 6, 2021, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Sunday August 22, 2021,  3:00 pm to 6:30 pm EDT

Register at this link: More info »

Curriculum Committee Meetings Every Second Thursday of the Month

Health meets Food Curriculum Committee meetings are held the second Thursday of  each month at 5:00 PM Eastern time.  All partner-sites are invited to join the Zoom meeting. The goal for the remainder of this academic year is to review two new modules related to food security – one covering food security in the elderly and the other a combined WIC & SNAP overview. We will also work on revisions to Module 1 and Module 7.

You can find Zoom information for registration in the Instructor Resources inside Moodle.

Research Committee Meetings Every Third Thursday of the Month

The Health meets Food team meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:00 PM Eastern time.

Information on how to join the meeting via Zoom can be found in the Research Information for Health meets Food section of the Instructor Resources• 

Free Culinary Medicine Continuing Medical Education

Did you know that you can access Culinary Medicine CME for free?

Webcasts from previous Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference lectures are online. There are fantastic lectures by Joe Nadglowski of the Obesity Action Coalition, Michael Gershon on gut serotonin, and Martha Clare Morris on the MIND Diet.

Ten hours of CME are completely free and span topics from obesity to IBS to Food Insecurity to the impact of diet on inflammation. This free CME is made possible by an educational grant from United Healthcare and Vitamix.

Click through for free CME at this link >>>  Health meets Food Free Continuing Medical Education.




Culinary Medicine Colleagues in the Media

Parents may find several benefits to feeding their baby homemade foods

Q: Is it OK if I make food for my baby at home?

A: Yes. You may find several benefits to feeding your baby homemade foods.

It can be less expensive than the baby food found in grocery stores, for example. It can let your child enjoy baby-friendly versions of foods he or she sees the rest of the family eating, and it may be easier than you think. All you need is a blender, food processor or even a good hand-held mixer.


2021 Virtual Poster Session

Traditionally we have held our yearly poster session at the Culinary Medicine Conference.  For 2020 we were delighted to be able to gather for The Culinary Medicine Conference Poster Sesson.

We will hold a poster session again in September via Zoom and our deadline for submission will be in mid-July. Our Co-Chairs for the poster review will be Dr. Canneralla Lorenzetti and Dr. Carrie Gordon.

Information will be coming in January about submission of posters. In the meantime you can find past posters and abstracts at this link: